View Full Version : Low G mainly a Tenor Thing?

Paul December
12-24-2009, 03:47 PM
While I do see Low G's discussed on other sizes, it seems more common on Tenors.
If so, why?

12-24-2009, 05:54 PM
I have a Low-G tenor. I think it's mainly a tenor thing because the larger body really makes the bass-iness of the Low-G stand out. You're right, I've only heard it talked about on a tenor (or maybe a super-concert).

Interesting question.

12-24-2009, 06:06 PM
I'm toying with the idea of putting low g strings on my concert fluke

12-24-2009, 06:22 PM
I'm no authority but I'm guessing the reason the rajao (from which I've read the uke derived its tuning) was tuned reentrant in the first place was because they felt low pitched strings didn't couple so well acoustically with the small body size. A larger instrument like a tenor uke would have less of a problem along those lines. But take that with a grain of salt, coming from me...

Rick Turner
12-24-2009, 06:38 PM
As a builder, I'd go along with that, and to further expand that, the ukes we build in my "Build a Uke in Four Days" course are soprano pineapples, and they sound really good up in "D" tuning with a re-entrant "A". They sound bright, happy, and really trad.

12-24-2009, 10:30 PM
I got Makala Dolphin today for Christmas and I had MGM put a low-g on it and it works just fine :D

12-25-2009, 02:52 AM
I had the low G on my Ohana Vita uke (which has a Soprano neck, though a body roughly the size of a concert). That worked well too :)

It took the Aquila Soprano low-G set.

12-25-2009, 07:21 AM
I have a low G on my long neck soprano. It is a non-wound Worth Low G. It works pretty well on that concert length neck, but the low G on the Tenor Neck sounds better. I think it is the combination of the longer scale and the soundbox size being better suited to low notes. Think of the size of a stand up bass or cello. Long strings, big body = nice low notes. Hard to fight physics.

In my experience, a string that is too thick for it's length will give a deadened sound.


12-26-2009, 10:47 PM
Agree, I had non wound low 4th on a concert and it just did not work for me, no zing, but I love the tenors with a low g.

12-27-2009, 03:27 AM
Ohta San plays low g on soprano.

It does seem most common on tenor. It extends melodic range. I tried Worth brown low g strings on my pono tenor, but switched back to high g. I recently bought a set of Aquila wound low g sopranos. I just have to decide which soprano to try them on and go for it.

12-27-2009, 10:14 AM
Just do it! They sound fine.

12-27-2009, 11:50 AM
I play with a wound Aquila Low G on my concert. I like it